European theatre Research Network


Our premise is that European theatre is not a coherent formula of aesthetic and artistic practices but in fact a widespread landscape of many local contexts and discourses.

ETRN aims to:

  • investigate the way that experimentation and innovation happens across broad European contexts ranging from repertory theatres to avant-garde laboratory groups.
  • build on our combined research expertise in European theatre, which includes aspects of contemporary British practice.
  • explore theoretical and practical connections across performance and geospatial borders.
  • function as a link between non-English European theatre discourses and practices and the Anglophone world.

Areas of specialism include: performer training in Eastern and Western European contexts: Grotowski’s legacy ; mime; ensemble practice ; directing, dramaturgy, and theatre systems ; European performances of Shakespeare and other classics; dance theatre; European philosophy and performance studies.

ETRN staff span the European continent in our research interests: from France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain through Germany, to Greece, Poland and Russia.


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Podcast recalls comedian Felix Dexter

Dr Oliver Double, Reader in Drama within the School of Arts and Head of the Performance and Theatre Research Cluster, has just released the latest episode of the podcast series ‘A History of Comedy in Several Objects’. In the podcast series, Olly examines objects from Kent’s British Stand-Up Comedy Archive alongside Project Archivist Elspeth Millar. In the latest instalment, the item from the archive is an audio interview with Felix Dexter ...

9 November 2018

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Imagining Autism features on ITV Meridian news

Dr Melissa Trimingham, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Drama and Theatre in the School of Arts, was interviewed by ITV Meridian news today regarding a residency at The Beacon, a school in Folkestone, to engage children with autism in multisensory play. The initiative emerged from the Arts and Humanities Research Council Imagining Autism project, a collaboration between Melissa and Nicola Shaughnessy, Professor of Performance in the Department ...

8 November 2018

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Paul Allain edits collection on European stage directors

Paul Allain, Professor of Theatre and Performance in the School of Arts and Dean of the Graduate School, has just edited a volume in the book series The Great European Stage Directors (Methuen, 2018), available as part of a set of four books. The Great European Stage Directors comprises of two sets offering an authoritative account of the work, lineage and legacy of the major European theatre directors from the second half of the twentieth century. The first...

2 November 2018

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Helen Brooks contributes to documentary commemorating WWI

Dr Helen Brooks, Reader in Theatre and Cultural History in the School of Arts, has featured in a documentary on Untold Stories of World War 1. The documentary, presented by historian Dan Snow for the digital channel History Hit, premieres today, 1 November 2018. The ambitious documentary is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and draws together expertise and material from 26 universities and organisations. Helen contributed her expertis...

1 November 2018

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Margherita Laera on the myths of Europe

Dr Margherita Laera, Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre in the School of Arts, will be a guest speaker at the London venue Rich Mix as part of an event entitled 'Europa – Myths of Europe' on Wednesday 24 October 2018. The event is part of a monthly free series of talks on Europe organised by the music, theatre and dance company Dash Arts. This session will ask what Europe is by looking at the mythologies associated with it. Starting from a...

18 October 2018

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